Green, Hetty

Green, Hetty
orig. Henrietta Howland Robinson

born Nov. 21, 1834, New Bedford, Mass., U.S.
died July 3, 1916, New York, N.Y.

U.S. financier, reputedly the wealthiest American woman of her time.

In 1865 her father and aunt both died, leaving her an estate valued at $10 million. By shrewd management she increased it to more than $100 million at her death.

Hetty Green, 1897

By courtesy of the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

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▪ American financier
byname of  Henrietta Howland Robinson Green , née  Henrietta Howland Robinson 
born Nov. 21, 1834, New Bedford, Mass., U.S.
died July 3, 1916, New York, N.Y.
 financier who was reputedly the wealthiest woman of her time in the United States.

      Henrietta Howland Robinson was connected on the maternal Howland side to one of the great mercantile families of New England. She was reared in a home of Quaker austerity, however, and schooled privately. In 1865 both her father and a maternal aunt died, leaving her in their wills a total of about $10,000,000 in outright bequests and trust funds. Her suit to secure her aunt's entire estate on the basis of a deathbed will dragged on for five years, until the will was adjudged a forgery in 1871. In July 1867 she had married Edward H. Green, but by mutual consent their finances were kept separate, and she managed hers with single-minded dedication both before and after his death in 1902.

      Both her father and her grandfather had steeped Hetty Green in business and finance from childhood, and she devoted her life to increasing her fortune. She became a major and feared operator on Wall Street, where, in addition to extensive holdings in railroad and other stocks and in government bonds, she maintained a considerable liquid fund for lending purposes. In the aftermath of the panic of 1907, a number of major investors found themselves in her debt. She also invested heavily in mortgages and real estate, particularly in Chicago.

      As her fortune grew, Hetty Green, sometimes called the “witch of Wall Street,” continued to live with her son and daughter in inexpensive lodgings, avoiding any display of wealth and virtually all society. Her eccentricities made her a favourite subject for newspaper gossip, and all manner of stories were circulated concerning her miserliness. Perhaps the most widely repeated was that of her supposed refusal to hire a doctor to treat her son's injured leg, resulting eventually in an amputation. She often appeared publicly in shabby dress, and she was known to seek medical treatment for herself at charity clinics. She lived for much of her later life in a small apartment in Hoboken, New Jersey. On her death, Green left an estate of more than $100,000,000.

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